Sunday, December 25, 2011

Easy Christmas Trees



Last year when I did a shooting star manicure look, April from Concrete and Nail Polish commented that the same look would work well for Christmas trees. I didn't try it last year, but I wanted to try it this year, and I have to tell you - this is the easiest Christmas Tree nail art you will ever do!




Christmas trees for every nail!



image from commons.wikimedia.org





You will need three colors for this manicure. From left to right (all by OPI): Skull & Glossbones, Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow Suede, and Fresh Frog of Bel Air.






A light, neutral shade like Skull & Glossbones is the perfect background for the green of the pine trees that make up Christmas trees. This is two coats with a quick-dry top coat on top.





For Step 2 you will need two strips of blue tape per nail. Using the two strips of tape to form a triangle, where the top of the triangle will not come to the top of your nail (so you will have room to add the star at the top of the Christmas tree).







Step 3 is a repeat of Step 2, but this time you will add the glitter top coat. Fresh Frog of Bel Air makes the perfect glitter top coat for the Christmas tree because the green glitter adds sparkle to the tree, while the silver glitter adds a snow-like look to the tree (or like Christmas baubles that hang on the tree).

Repeating Step 2, cut two strips of tape for every nail, but this time you will start by placing one strip of tape along one side of the tree that was made in Step 2, where the other strip of tape will mark off the other side of the tree, so the glitter top coat will only go over the tree that was already painted on (as shown in the photo above).







Step 4 is to simply add the stars to the top of the trees you have created. If you have the nail stickers Kiss released this Halloween, one of the sets of Halloween themed stickers had a sheet with yellow-gold stars interspersed throughout, and these are the stars that were used for this manicure. If you are going to use jewels or gems for the stars, start by placing a drop of top coat on the tip of the tree before placing the jewel so it sticks. If you are using nail stickers like the ones here, you can skip that step.


After adding the stars to the top of each tree, simply add a top coat to seal it all in, and you have a Christmas Tree for each nail!




Thanks again to April from Concrete and Nail Polish for the great idea! I think it works great as Christmas Trees, and I'm so glad she mentioned it - I don't think I would have tried it otherwise!

So what do you think of this nail design? Does it look like something you'll try? What did you wear on your nails for Christmas?

14 comments:

  1. Awww... what a mega cute nail art design! :D

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  2. It looks just as gorgeous as I imagined! Thanks for the mention too. Hope you had a lovely holiday!

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  4. Great nails and great tutorial, thank you :)

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  5. This looks great! I may have to try it next year. lol

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  6. I’ve featured your beautiful nail art design on my recent post “Top Christmas Nail Art Ideas & Inspiration” on my blog! (http://sparklysharpandfabulous.blogspot.com/)

    If you create any more looks like this that you think fall into this category, post links on my Facebook wall or comment on the post and I’ll add them and the links in the post! Keep up the great work!

    <3 The Sparkle Queen

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  7. I saw this on Pinterest and it is just, like, my favorite thing ever. I have zero time to attempt nail art, but I feel like I'll actually be able to rock the Christmas trees this year.

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  8. I love this! But where do you get the blue nail tape?

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  9. I'm going to do this for my nails in few days, because if I do them today I'd have to do them again before Christmas because they would be growing out and bugging me and I'm VERY particular about how my nails look. I'm not doing that color for the background, I'm using Wet n Wild fast dry 'Silvivor' for the background, Très RISK green for the tree, and then the brand PURE ICE sparkles or Wet n Wild fast dry 'Party of Five Glitters', and for the star at the top of the tree I'm using nail art nail jewels from Essence.
    If anyone wants to see them when I'm done let me know and I will take a picture and post it to my Google+ account.

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  10. That's so creative and fun! Your instructions are foolproof, thanks for the post

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